29 May, 2017

LTTE Front Organization Wanted Medics To Take Cyanide Instead Of Surrender: Frances Harrison

A LTTE front organization in London wanted rebels medics to take their cyanide capsules instead of surrender to the Sri Lankan government, Frances Harrison reveals.

“I was left wondering if they just wanted to score a propaganda point in the media, rather than actually save lives”, Harrison, a former BBC Correspondent, writes in her book –  Still Counting the Dead: Survivors of Sri Lanka’s Hidden War about the last phase of the conflict.

Frances Harrison

Frances Harrison

In the chapter “ The Spokesman”, she detailed the story of the LTTE political wing leader, Nadesan, and his deputy, Pulidevan’s surrender negotiations and the role she played on or about 18 May 2009 at the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war.

The three paragraphs below are from Pages 66- 67

“On the last week end of the war, Puli and Nadesan telephoned Colvin and asked her to persuade the United Nations to oversee their unconditional surrender, along with a group of forty fighters and family members. Puli made his wife leave the war zone with the exodus of civilians, promising they would meet up again but warning it might take several years.

“There were no more jokes, no pleasantries; they were really waiting for an answer,’ Colvin said. She called the UN Secretary- General’s special envoy, Vijay Nambiar, who was traveling. The first time they spoke, Numbiar told Colvin he thought it would be an uphill struggle to persuade the Sri Lankan government to accept a surrender: They seems to want to go all the way.’ The second time they spoke, Colvin had woken Numbiar up at five in the morning. He said he’d been invited to witness the surrender of group of Tigers but didn’t think it was necessary to go in person.

‘Shouldn’t you go? This is a very, very fraught situation,’ Colvin asked, horrified that he didn’t seem to want to seize the opportunity. Numbiar told her he’d received assurances from President Rajapaksa that the tigers who surrendered would be safe, and he thought that was sufficient.

I too received a call that weekend, from a Tamil doctor in London who wanted to tell the media that rebel medics wished to cross into army territory, bringing with them hundreds of civilians and injured people. He’d already tried UN and the Red Cross, who were unable to help. The doctor was flustered and distraught, unsure when he’d be able to speak to his colleagues on the ground again, aware their lives hung in the balance. I told him it seemed odd to negotiate surrender through the media – direct negotiations with the government might be better given that time was running out so fast. He consulted colleagues in a Tiger front organization in London, who insisted the medics should take their cyanide capsules because surrender was not an option. I was left wondering if they just wanted to score a propaganda point in the media, rather than actually save lives.”

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  • 7
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    Good riddance to bad rubbish! More the merrier.
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    How come leaders surrender and only the sub ordinates take the Cyanide capsule ? Does 40,000 missing include all those who took cyanide capsule ?
  • 5
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    Surprise, surprise. How could this be BBC / Channel 4?
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    Interesting point here. “Puli made his wife leave the war zone with the exodus of civilians, promising they would meet up again but warning it might take several years.”. So when she says she saw her husband surrendering to the army it’s a lie. She had already left with the civilians and had no way of knowing what happened to her husband!
    • 8
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      What’s a ‘little lie’ here and there, if it serves the Cause.
    • 11
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      Do you still believe these bunch of liars after Thayapararaja’s “killing” reported by UTHR(J)? According to UTHR(J)Report 34, “He(Tayapararaja) was arrested in September 2009 in Colombo and tortured at a security camp in Avissawela, was shot and injured on 13th September while being taken to court under escort and died at Kalubowila Hospital two days later”. The truth is:THAYAPARARAJA IS NOW IN CHENNAI
  • 2
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    Evidence of the shambolic desperation that finally engulfed this once-brave fighting force that lost its way. The saddest aspect is the fact no one – of the thousands of Tamils – could do the simple maths; 20,000 against 240,000 in 250 square miles equals a massacre with NO prizes for guessing who is going to come second. Perhaps the latter day Sun God had a death wish all along!
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    Harrison capitalizes on her position as a BBC correspondent to write this biased tome full of half-truths and outright fibs in order to demonize a Sri Lankan government that booted her out of the country for illegally exceeding her remit. Yes, ugly things happened at the end of the war that crushed Tamil Tiger terrorism in Sri Lanka. Between 3000 and 7000 ‘civilians’ appear to have been killed, sometimes in the crossfire, sometimes unwittingly by Sri Lankan forces, but mostly wittingly by Tamil Tigers who shot the poor Tamil ‘human shields’ who tried to escape from Tiger death camps. To me, much is said by the fact that Harrison’s cheerleaders have been the ultras amongst the Tamil diaspora as they pursue their vendetta against Sri Lanka. Harrison’s zeal could have been better harnessed by exposing the Tamil extremists and their supporters in the UK, including ‘Aunty Adele’, who sent thousands of Tamil kids to their doom. Or perhaps chronicling the amazing transformation of life in terrorism-free Sri Lanka. And, instead of focusing on the war’s final months, how about exposing the nexus of Western politicians (such as Canada’s federal Liberals) and a pack of Tamil extremists in promoting mayhem in Sri Lanka? Sadly, this doorstop is another vampirish effort that exploits the sad events at the end of the war for private profit. Trash.
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      Harrison feigns surprise at the behaviour of her heroes in demanding that the said doctors swallow the cyanide capsules, while they themselves were comfortably ensconced in their havens in the West partaking of the taxpayer largesse. I can’t believe that her conscience has been rattled somehow.
  • 7
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    Hello..Hello Frances,you idiot,do you think we are all fools and still you want us to believe your stories? Even after the “ KILLING” of Thayapararaja by the NOGs ,do you think that an intelligent person will trust you all? Now,the NGOs,HRW,AI and UTHR(j)’s credibility and hidden agenda have been exposed. This is what UTHR(J) said in its report no.34,about Thayapararaja who is now in Chennai: “He(THAYAPARARAJA) was arrested in September 2009 in Colombo and tortured at a security camp in Avissawela, was shot and injured on 13th September while being taken to court under escort and died at Kalubowila Hospital two days later”. The so called HR organizations,western embassies,BBC etc.,etc . should think twice before quoting bogus organizatiions like UTHR(j) who write lies and work with hidden agenda.
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      Forget Eelam and get back to your studies stupid girl. We have to marry you off some day!
  • 2
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    So LTTE outfit CT carried anti LTTE stories LOL. I wonder what Search, lorenso, FFukushi, leela will say about this?
  • 4
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    Ha ha ha after all cat jumped out of sack
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    It might be suspiciously viewed that Francis Harrison is trying to regain her credibility and erase her image as a pro tiger media propagandist by telling this kind of story now. The so called Western Democracies (UK and Canada) and the like have to face a double jeopardy. On one hand the diaspora which has a strong voter base and the necessity to appease them and on the other hand the prevention of arrival of refugees, and failure to do so would further strengthen the diaspora. It is an open secret that this group has a lot of money mainly earned through drug trafficking. It is also common knowledge that most of the drugs are bought by teenagers of European origin. Those of the likes of Frances Harrison have sold their birthright in the so called defense of the freedom of the press and investigative journalism destroying their own image to appear as mercenaries in the journalistic domain.
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    usual vocal LTTE apologist forumers silent. Propaganda deluge but truth only trickle.

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